On Tuesday afternoon 60-year-old Stephen Goetz was driving down State Route 18 when he slowed his vehicle down to wait for the car in front of him to turn into a driveway. After he had slowed down the vehicle behind him, driven by 22-year-old Alicia Frias, failed to notice Goetz’s new speed and crashed into the back of his car.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, three passengers in Frias’ vehicle were injured in the crash, including one adult and two children. The three were taken from the scene to Tiffin Mercy Hospital where there injuries are not known. Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt.
Frias was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance.
Assured Clear Distance
Ohio Revised Code 4511.21(A), Assured Clear Distance, is a law requiring that you drive your vehicle in such a way as to be able to bring you car to a stop to avoid an accident. When you do not maintain this assured clear distance, you are liable for causing the accident.
In this accident, legally Ms. Frias can be held liable for the damages that she caused not only to Mr. Goetz but to the passengers in her vehicle as well because she had a duty to operate her vehicle in a safe and non-negligent manner.
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